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Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation for children in Denver

If illness, injury or surgery hinder your child from being healthy and happy, we can help them recover.

At the Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation Program at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, you get compassionate, high-quality pediatric rehabilitation therapies for children of all ages. With caring support and a kid-friendly atmosphere, we'll help your child strengthen and improve.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free health-related information is available just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Our pediatric rehab services

All of our rehabilitation therapists have advanced training and an understanding of the unique needs of children. Depending on your child’s individual needs, they may work with one or more of our specialized providers.

Features of our pediatric rehabilitation center

Our family-centered pediatric rehabilitation therapy provides essential rehab services for children from birth to age 16 years old. You and your child's doctor play vital roles in your child's success. We involve you and your doctor every step of the way. A strong relationship among everyone involved is the key to reaching your child’s maximum potential.

Our program offers:

  • Age-appropriate learning tools
  • Kid-friendly treatment areas
  • Next Step Developmental Progress Clinic
  • Observation rooms for parents to watch therapy and ensure their child feels comfortable
  • Therapists trained specifically in pediatric services

Pediatric physical therapy

Whether your child has trouble with motor skills as a baby or is recovering from a sports injury, our pediatric physical therapists can help.

Physical therapy helps your child gain strength and movement after an illness, injury or developmental delay. Physical therapy can also help prevent permanent issues and recurring problems.

Our pediatric physical therapists can help your child with:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Developmental delay of motor skills (rolling, sitting, standing, walking)
  • Difficulty walking or running (gait problems)
  • Home program development and instruction
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic physical therapy and neurological conditions
  • Pre- and postsurgical rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries or difficulty playing a sport
  • Torticollis (head turning or leaning more in one direction than the other)
  • Weakness
  • Wheelchair and medical equipment evaluations

Pediatric occupational therapy

Occupational therapy can help your child improve his or her cognitive, physical and motor skills, as well as enhance your child’s self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

At the Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program, a pediatric occupational therapist evaluates your child's skills for play activities, school performance and activities of daily living and compares these skills to what is developmentally appropriate for his or her age.

Occupational therapy focuses on:

  • Hand/arm function
  • Lack of coordination
  • Play skills, such as stacking blocks, ball skills
  • Self-help skills, such as dressing, feeding self, organizational skills, memory, problem solving skills
  • Sensory processing, including picky eaters, attention skills, motor skills/movement, self-regulation and vestibular and environment sensitivity
  • Upper body weakness
  • Visual/perceptual skills, such as writing, drawing, cutting, puzzles

Pediatric speech therapy

We provide comprehensive evaluations to assess all areas of your child’s communication skills. Evaluations are centered around the specific needs of your child to identify their strengths and areas of need.

Depending on the needs of your child, assessments will include a thorough evaluation of receptive and expressive language, articulation/phonology, voice, oral motor skills, pragmatic/social language functioning and feeding skills. We also offer modified barium swallow studies, which allow our pediatric speech pathologists to diagnose swallowing disorders. Based on the results of our evaluation, therapy may be recommended on a weekly, biweekly or monthly schedule.

Speech therapy is individualized, often play-based and driven based on goals written through the identified areas of need. Parent involvement is encouraged and home programs and education are provided to ensure their new skills carry over into your child’s natural environments.

Speech therapy addresses:

  • Articulation and phonological disorders
  • Cognitive skills, such as problem-solving and reasoning
  • Delayed or minimal talking compared to other children
  • Feeding, swallowing and oral-motor skills
  • Play and social skills
  • Pragmatic/social language deficits
  • Receptive and/or expressive language disorders, including difficulty understanding, following directions and/or speaking

Make an appointment for pediatric therapy

Our appointment scheduler is bilingual in Spanish and English, and language interpretation services are available in Spanish and over 100 other languages.

Contact us

To schedule an appointment, please call (720) 754-6760. However, please note that a physician referral is required for pediatric rehab services. Please fax your referral prescription to (720) 754-7757 or bring it with you to your first appointment.

We accept most major insurance plans, including Medicaid and Colorado Access. Please check with your insurance carrier to confirm your coverage.

Appointments are available (without a waiting list) Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

We offer free valet parking for your convenience.